Ojeda let go by Yankees after 2 starts

April 26, 1994|By The Hartford Courant

NEW YORK -- Bob Ojeda's career with the New York Yankees ended yesterday.

The Yankees designated Ojeda for reassignment to make room on the roster for reliever Paul Gibson, who was reinstated from the disabled list.

"It's probably as tough a thing [informing Ojeda] as I've had to do as a manager," Buck Showalter said.

The Yankees had given Ojeda, 36, an opportunity to make the team in spring training -- one year after a boating accident killed two of his teammates with the Cleveland Indians and injured Ojeda.

General manager Gene Michael said Ojeda, a left-hander who was 0-0 with a 24.00 ERA in two starts with the Yankees, does not want to go to the minors.

"Yes, he's out of the organization," said Michael, who indicated he will try to trade Ojeda.

This will have to be done within 10 days, the period in which a player must be designated for assignment. If there's no trade in that time, Michael said Ojeda would be waived.

Michael said the moves came about because the club wants to give a starting spot to Scott Kamieniecki, 30, who is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in four relief appearances.

Ojeda told a couple of reporters on his way out: "People keep asking me if I'm going to write a book or if there's going to be a movie. I keep telling them I don't want to write an ending yet. It ain't over."

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